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Kids

Story Times

Pre-school Story Time
Thursdays     1:00 pm ***
Fridays 10:10
Bring your children of all ages to read, sing, talk, and play. Both story times are the same so pick the time and day that works best for your family. ***Every other Thursday, dogs from Ugly Dog Therapy will be joining our afternoon story times. Please check our website or Facebook for Ugly Dog Story Time dates.

Pajama Story Time
second Tuesdays     6:30 pm
Join us for bedtime stories, songs, and a snack. Wear your PJ’s and bring your blanket and favorite stuffed animal if you wish.  Each child will receive a free book, compliments of the Ellsworth Public Library and Jump Start to Literacy, Inc.

Robotics for Kids

fourth Saturdays     10:30 am
ages 6 and up
registration required

Explore robotics with computer engineer Mike Benoy. Hands-on activities with cubelets, littlebits, & More!

100 Stories

Each year, the library challenges preschool-2nd grade students to read/be read to 100 stories and 3rd-5th grade students to read 500 pages, which is equivalent to 100 stories. Books need to be from the Ellsworth Public Library. Readers who complete the challenge will receive an “I Read 100 Stories” t-shirt. Registration is required.

Totally Tuesday

fourth Tuesdays 
drop in anytime between 4-7pm
ages 1-99
kids under 10 –  must be accompanied
by an adult

Hands on fun projects for all ages! Get creative and let your imagination run wild!

Legos in the Library

third Tuesdays     5:00 pm
Kids of all ages are invited to let their imaginations run wild with Legos. No registration required.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This is a multi-year program to encourage parents to read aloud 1,000 books with their children before they enter five-year-old Kindergarten. We invite you and your child to embark on a fantastic adventure together that’s sure to create a lifelong love of reading! Although it may sound overwhelming to imagine reading 1,000 books before Kindergarten, it is not very difficult with an early start. At the rate of just one book per day, it takes less than three years. Sign up at the library to receive a book bag and your first reading record!

Websites for Kids

The International Children’s Digital Library lists hundreds of books for all ages of kids, from picture books to novels written in several different languages, and can be viewed and read at this amazing website.

Notable Children’s Digital Media is a list that includes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways.

Into the Book is a highly interactive reading comprehension resource for grades k-4 that focuses on eight strategies: using prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, evaluating and synthesizing.

Read-Write-Think: Student Material provides lots of lessons as well as printables and interactives for students, including Literary Elements MapStory Map, Comparison and Contrast Guide and more.

PBS Kids encourages kids to get wild about reading! Have fun with Arthur, Between the Lions, The Electric Company, Super Why & much more!

Scholastic Place is the site to visit if one is looking for Geronimo Stilton, Goosebumps or the 39 Clues.  They’re all here!

Spelling City provides spelling resources such as worksheets, games, and Dolch word lists.

ABCya! is a website that provides educational games and activities for school aged children.

National Geographic Kids has games, videos, science, and even “brain busters”. Filled with educational material that is both fun and trustworthy.

Starfall is a great site for early learning and features math and language for kids up through grade 3. Some content requires you to join in order to access it fully.

Peekapack is a site that has collected resources for learning at home. It is filled with links to other sites that have free resources. It seems to cover K-12 in various ways.

The Ways is a set of short and very accessible videos about Great Lakes Nations.

Scholastic Learn at Home Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. PreK-9. Free.

Digital Public Library of America has primary source collections exploring topics in history, literature, and culture developed by educators — complete with teaching guides for class use.

PBS Learning Media PBS and has curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for learners of all ages.

Kennedy Center Quality arts education resources in Washington, D.C. Spark curiosity, build empathy, and embolden citizen artistry.

Smithsonian Learning Lab  is a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, the National Zoo, and more, can be used together, for learning.

Storytime Online

Story Time from Space– Listen to a story read by an astronaut living on the International Space Station.

Storyline Online is an excellent online streaming video program featuring famous actors reading children’s books aloud.  This site includes closed captioning.

Union Square Play– While the little one’s are stuck at home Union Square Play is proving: one offline at-home activity, one children’s class video (live or prerecorded) and one online community event for parents. Everything from sing-alongs to art projects.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems– Join children’s book author Mo Willems live every weekday at 1 pm E.T. or whenever with the recordings as he teaches us how to create. “Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.”

Draw Every Day With Jarrett J. Krosoczka–  New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka everyday for a drawing lesson. Author of everything from the Punk Farm picture books to the Lunch Lady graphic novels.

Zoo Live Cameras
Atlanta Zoo – Has a live camera feed of Pandas.

Houston Zoo -Has live camera feeds of Chimps, Elephants, Giraffes, Gorillas, Leafcutter Ants, and Rhinos.

Kansas City Zoo – Has live camera feeds of Giraffes, Penguins, and Polar Bears.

Maryland Zoo – Has live camera feeds of Flamingos, Giraffes, Goats, Lions, and Penguins.

National Zoo– Has live camera feeds of Elephants,Lions, Naked Mole Rats, and Pandas.

San Diego Zoo – Has live camera feeds of Apes, Baboons, Burrowing Owls, Condors, Elephants, Giraffes, Koalas, Penguins, Polar Bears, and Tigers.

Aquarium Live Cameras
Aquarium of the Pacific – Has live camera feeds of Jellyfish, Penguins, Sharks and large aquarium views.

Georgia Aquarium -Has live camera feeds of Beluga Whales, Jellyfish, Penguins, Piranhas, Sea Lions, Sea Otters, and the Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef.

Monterrey Bay Aquarium -Has live camera feeds of Aviary, Coral Reef, Jellyfish, Kelp Forests, Penguins, Sea Otters, and Sharks.

Other Live Cameras

Eagle Cam This eagle camera is brought to you by the Minnesota DNR Non-game Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. (seasonal)

Explore.org – This site has multiple live streams covering everything from nature cameras to animal sanctuaries.

Art Museums

Van Gogh Museum– “The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world.”

MASP – “The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a private, nonprofit museum founded by Brazilian businessman Assis Chateaubriand, in 1947, as Brazil’s first modern museum.”

Uffizi Gallery – “The Uffizi was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’Medici to house the Granducal Magistratures of Tuscany.

Musée d’Orsay – “The Musee d’Orsay, … displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.”

Louvre – “Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre… Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view, thanks to the sponsorship of Shiseido.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – “The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.”

The J. Paul Getty Museum – “The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center features works of art dating from the eighth through the twenty-first century, showcased against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles.”

The Art Institute of Chicago – “The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. “

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – “Modeled after a Venetian palazzo, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston houses one of the world’s most remarkable art collections.”

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston– “The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness, and diversity of artistic expression, from prehistoric times to modern day.”

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston– “Established in 1900, the MFAH is the largest cultural institution in the region. The majority of the museum’s presentations take place on its main campus, which is located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District .”

Science and Natural History Museums
National Museum of Natural History – “The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device.”

Zoology Museum of Barcelona – While also containing a panoramic view of their collections, this museum also contains 360 digital renders of over 500 animal bones to explore. Not all of the website is fully translated, so be careful.

History Museums
Canadian History Museum – Head up north and learn more about the history of our neighbors.

Arizona State Museum– Go to Arizona and take a tour of four different exhibits from their pottery vault to woven arts.

Other Museums
Boston’s Children’s Museum – “Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world.”

Music Live Streams
NPR Music – NPR offers up not only a large collection of music to listen to, but a large collection of live streamed and recorded jam sessions, concerts and events.

NPR’s List of Free Livestreamed Concerts – NPR is constantly updating this list of free live streamed concerts that are happening during the pandemic.

Berliner Philharmonic – Free access to live streamed concerts and recordings for the next 30 days.
Göteborgs Symfoniker – “The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra will be available to all music lovers on GSOplay. The concerts can be enjoyed for free for anyone on the web or through [their] app – wherever you are.”

Wigmore Hallprovide  provide recordings and live streams of their performances at no-cost year round.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center provide recordings and live streams of their performances at no-cost year round.Detroit Symphony Orchestra provide recordings and live streams of their performances at no-cost year round.Metropolitan Opera – “Every day for the duration of the Met’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day.”

 

Free Coloring Pages
Coloring Nature This website focuses mainly on animals and natural scenes.

Just Color  This website will provide multiple themed coloring pages for you to print off.

Super Coloring  This website will provide multiple themed free coloring pages for you to print off. Does contain ads.

Crayola The absolute classic coloring medium provides free coloring pages for adults and kids.

#ColorourCollections Launched by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016, #ColorOurCollections is an annual coloring festival on social media during which libraries, museums, archives and other cultural institutions around the world share free coloring content featuring images from their collections.The coloring books from 2020 and previous years remain accessible year-round for free download

Digital Libraries and Collections
NASA If you are interested in space and science, NASA has an e-book collection available to the public for free. Their website also contains multiple educational resources to explore.

International Children’s Digital Library This online library has over 4,000 children’s books from around the world in a multitude of languages. If you are looking for tales from around the world or if you are learning a new language this is a place to stop by.

Poet.og Produced by the Academy of American Poets, Poet.org has a large selections of poems available to read, including poem-a-day. Check out their selection, fall in love with a few new poems and maybe sign up for their poem-a-day newsletter. April is National Poetry Month, so maybe you should start thinking of how to celebrate.

The Internet Archive Not an archive of the internet, but an archive on the internet. It’s a “non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.”  Access old radio shows, early computer games, T.V. shows and over 23 Million books.

Library of Congress Digital Collections The Library of Congress has multiple collections available online, consisting of over 2 million scans of historic books, photos and other materials. This includes a large selection of historic children’s booksAbraham Lincoln’s Papers and a collection of Folk songs from Michigan and Wisconsin.

Digital Public Library of America A collection of digital copies of original materials from various university libraries around the US.

Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg “is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Collections “The University of Wisconsin Digital Collections (UWDC) contain millions of images, books, maps, recordings, documents, and more from across the UW, Wisconsin and the world.” Enjoy learning more about our state’s past by browsing this collection.

HaithiTrust “HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.” While many books on HaithiTrust requires an institutional membership, reading online is free.”

American Archive of Public Broadcasting “Discover historic programs of publicly funded radio and television across America.”

Virtual Field Trips
discoveryEducation Take a field trip with Polar Bear researchers, blast off into space at the Johnson Space Center, go behind the scenes with the NFL or any number of behind the scene tours with Discovery Education. Includes teaching guides and curriculum for interested parents and adults.

OK360 Go to Oklahoma and take a virtual hike. When you’re stuck inside with nothing to do and it’s a grey day, enjoy a scenic hike. With 360 views and multiple videos of nature trails in OK, you can learn more about nature in the panhandle state.

360 Cities 360 Cities is a large collection of panoramic interactive photographs that allow you to virtually travel around the world.

Star Atlas An online planetarium that will show the stars from any location in the world and where the constellations are in the night sky. The site tells you how far the stars are away from earth, for information on the constellations head here.

Nature Works Everywhere Take a field trip into nature. Nature Works Everywhere has 11 virtual field trips for multiple age ranges, alongside videos and lesson plans for parents and teachers.

ASU Virtual Field Trips Arizona State University offers up virtual field trips for high school and college students, covering everything from the Mars rover, prehistoric times to the rain forests.

Mount Vernon  Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Come and visit George Washington’s home virtually.

Buckingham Palace Take a virtual tour of some of the rooms in the Buckingham Palace and learn more about the history surrounding the British Monarchy.

 

Reading Lists for Kids

NPR Books – 100 Must Reads for Kids 9-14

Read On Wisconsin is a literacy program, administered by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, promoting high-quality books for children and teens throughout our state.

Great Books for New Readers is a comprehensive, community-organized list from GoodReads.

Novelist K-8 enables kids to find read-alikes, award winners, books-to-movies and more! Check out Novelist K-8 for great kids’ book suggestions! Must sign in with your library card.

Best Books for Babies is a list of great read-alouds and picture books for little ones.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) publishes lists of recommended books from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

Top 100 Chapter Books for Emerging Readers is a favorite post from School Library Journal.

Family/Child Centered Resources

Growing Wisconsin Readers is a state-wide initiative that was created to help parents support early literacy habits (like talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing) at home!

Apps and Early Literacy helps parents navigate the world of new technology.  Check out this amazing resource from Carissa Christner at the Madison Public Library. Use the site to find free and paid apps that are appropriate, fun, and safe for young children, and discover new ways to play and to share stories together! Remember: apps are always best used by both parents and children playing together!

Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices.

No Time for Flash Cards is an early education and creative play site.  No Time for Flash Cards features educational crafts, learning activities, and super-creative ideas for things to do with your child.

jlibrary was created by two librarians who have recorded hundreds of videos so that you can sing and chant with your child at any time of day on nearly any topic imaginable. Want to learn new songs and rhymes? Take a look.

Resources to Help You Build Your Home Library

Reference/Homework Sites

Britannica School Elementary can be accessed using a Wisconsin Public Library card.

50 States.com provides information on the states, including capitals, geography, people, attractions, history and more.

Accelerated Reader BookFinder identifies a book’s AR level and points.

Ellsworth Community Schools’ Card Catalogs can be accessed from here to search your school’s media center’s catalog.

Khan Academyhas tons of lessons in a variety of subjects and covers early learners all the way up to college and adult learners. Even includes some test-prep lessons.

Cool Math can answer questions about how to do math homework and offers some fun math games, too.

 

Computer Learning

Scratch is a free programing language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games and animations.

https://www.curiositymachine.org/challenges/ connects scientists and engineers to students to create together.

https://www.tinkercad.com/ is a free, easy-to-learn online app anyone can use to create and print 3D models.

https://gamestarmechanic.com/ allows kids to design video games.  First game is free, but further designs incur a cost.

https://www.madewithcode.com/ teaches kids to create projects using computer code.

http://www.scratchjr.org/ is a computer coding site especially for young children.

http://pencilcode.net/ is an interactive sandbox for learning how to code on the web.

 

Digital Library for Kids

digital library for students in grades K-8 (choose kids or teens)!

 

Language Learning for Kids

Included in Transparent Language Online for libraries, Kidspeak is a fun, easy-to-use language-learning program for young learners.

  • Available languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
  • Age-appropriate content: Designed for ages 6 and up, children will learn words and phrases suitable for their age, needs, and interests.
  • Engaging activities: Combining animations with over 40 interactive activities, puzzles, and songs, each language is hosted by a fun cartoon “friend” and his or her playful pet, using only the language being taught.
  • Important skill development: Using the successful immersion approach preferred for young children, they’ll learn the alphabet and word recognition, simple sentences, how to use plural and singular, how to distinguish between words that look and sound similar, simple addition and subtraction, how to tell time, number recognition (matching numbers to written words), and correct pronunciation.
  • Dozens of topics: No matter what they’re interested in (clothing, school supplies, sports, travel, weather, and more), your children will be on their way to learning a new language in no time.
  • Hundreds of words and phrases: Add to your children’s seemingly endless vocabulary (and energy!) with over 700 words and expressions per language and 3 levels of difficulty.